Action group formed against developments for almost 200 homes
PUBLISHED: 08:00 12 September 2018
Concerned people opposed to two housing developments in a Somerset town have formed an action group.
Dozens of homeowners are against plans to build 120 homes between Lakeside and the Isleport Business Park in Highbridge and in Walrow where 47 houses have been earmarked for development in Walrow Road.
A Lakeside Residents Public Open Space Committee has been set up to tackle both plans and held a public meeting last month.
Homeowners are concerned both proposals will result in a loss of open green space, traffic and road safety issues and have a damaging impact on the environment.
An entrance off the A38 at Lakeside could mean more than 200 cars will have to travel through the area, while in Walrow parking spaces for 128 cars have been included.
Group member Linda Greenland said: “These plans don’t just affect people of Walrow and the Lakeside area, but those in Burnham, Highbridge and other nearby villages too.
“For the sake of our community, we cannot let these plans go ahead as they would be a huge over-development.”
Lakeside falls within Sedgemoor District Council’s five-year land supply as a site earmarked for residential development.
The Mercury reported in June the plan ‘would be considered’ by the district council, which owns part of the land, with the remainder owned privately by different individuals.
Developer Toni Hammick stated it would gift more than £300,000 towards building infrastructure in the town.
Group member Mike Lang, who lives in Lakeside, added: “We are protesting against the ridiculous planning proposal which has been put on the table.
“Lakeside has just 35 houses, it is a unique wildlife area, we bought into a small area for the beauty of it, it has so much wildlife to offer.
“There are not enough facilities in the area to cope with the amount of people and traffic.
“Our schools, doctors, hospitals, are stretched to breaking point, and all this destruction for the sake of money with no consideration for the people who live here.
“It’s time something was done, there is not enough work for the people who live here now.”
The final decision lies with Sedgemoor District Council, and Toni Hammick plans to carry out more consultations.